Principal organist to Westminster Abbey’s Choir, Daniel Cook is recognised internationally as a liturgical and concert organist.
Tonight’s programme opens with Bach’s mighty Fantasia and Fugue in G minor and includes Stanford’s Sonata No.2 (Eroica), dedicated to Charles-Marie Widor, and written in honour of those who gave their lives for France in the Great War.
Duruflé’s fluttering Prelude and momentous Fugue was written in memory of Jehan Alain, a promising composer killed during the Second World War.
Vierne’s Sixth Organ Symphony is a veritable triathlon for an organist, with dizzyingly virtuosic, cascading pedal scales at the climax of the last movement.
PerformersDaniel Cook organ
RepertoireJS Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV.542
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Southbank Centre’s organ curator, William McVicker, interviews Daniel about his work at Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral. They discuss his busy concert schedule and the challenge of preparing Vierne’s Sixth Organ Symphony for performance on the Royal Festival Hall organ. Admission free.
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£7 student tickets are available via the Student Pulse app in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the app from any app store or go to studentpulse.mobi.